Medford’s Brooklyn Cink – Character Counts Presented by INTEGRIS Health

By Derrick Smith

Among the many athletes that play sports all across our state, there is a special group. A group that not only excels in their sports, but also in the classroom and in everyday life, while also being a positive impact on their community. We call this group Character Athletes.

Brooklyn Cink is a sophomore at Medford High School and she is the Medford Character Counts athlete. She plays four sports for the Lady  Cardinals; basketball, softball, track, and golf. On the hardwood, she plays shooting guard, and when she is on the softball diamond, she covers second base. When she is on the track, Cink runs the 100M dash and also competes in the long jump.

Brooklyn knows what it takes to be named a character athlete. “Being a character athlete means giving 110%,” she said. “It takes being positive and encouraging on and off the field.”

The person who has had the biggest impact on Brooklyn’s life is someone that has known her since day one. “My mom is my biggest role model,” she said. “She has been there for me through it all and has never given up on me.”

There have been a lot of teachers that have taught Brooklyn throughout her life. But her spanish instructor stands out for her. “Kara Locke taught me to be confident and to always have a positive attitude.”

While it takes a lot of work, effort, and time in order to be successful, Cink says that there is one other thing that she sees as being important. “No matter how bad things get, you can never give up,” she said. “Even in the worst of times, you have to keep working.”

When she is not competing in athletics, Brooklyn is also involved in FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Student Council, Spanish Club, and Art Club.